Legislators from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) conducted a question-and-answer session with Premier Su Cheng-chang (蘇貞昌) at the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday, pressing the premier on the controversial decision to import U.S. pork.
KMT legislator Hung Meng-kai (洪孟楷) unveiled a photo of a protest led by the DPP in 2012 against the importation of U.S pork, accusing the ruling party of being the first to “refer to U.S pork containing ractopamine as poisonous,” instead of the KMT.
Hung asked Premier Su if he disagreed with the following statement “All pork from the States contain ractopamine, and ractopamine is equal to poison,” enticing Su to take the bait.
Su argued that he never said that, accusing KMT of shaping the wrong idea that all U.S pork and beef are poisonous.
After Su’s response, Hung showed a photo from the 2012 protest led by then-opposition DPP that argued against the import of U.S pork and asked if the premier recognized the people in it.
The photo featured President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), as well as Legislative Speaker Yuan You Si-kun (游錫堃), as they hold a banner that says “anti-poisonous pig.”
Su answered “yes” briefly.
Heng made his point that DPP was the one who told the people that ractopamine was toxic instead of the KMT, criticizing the ruling party for double standards.
Premier Su then retorted: “If you want to spill the tea, at least tell the full story; this was in 2012 before international standards (on ractopamine) had been set…”
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) then cut in to complete this argument.
Chen said: ” We are all against poisonous pork and beef products, that’s why we have set the permissible residue limit to ensure safety, we are against the poisonous levels (of ractopamine) instead of ractopamine itself,” emphasizing that “ractopamine doesn’t equate poison”.
Hong again pressed on saying: “It’s not what you claimed when you were the opposition party, are you going to apologize to the public? To admit that you were wrong?”
In the face of Hong’s accusations, Su repeatedly reiterated that “everyone opposes poisonous products, but it is not poison if it is within the safe threshold.”